Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 10.7% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Kentucky 5.7% -0.3 -2.2

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 220,594. There are now 108,168 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 112,426 -7,517 -49,806

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to December 2014

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
December 2014 5.6% 5.7% 112,426
November 2014 5.8% 6.0% 119,943
October 2014 5.7% 6.2% 124,481
September 2014 5.9% 6.7% 134,179
August 2014 6.1% 7.1% 142,745
July 2014 6.2% 7.4% 150,218
June 2014 6.1% 7.4% 152,448
May 2014 6.3% 7.7% 157,992
April 2014 6.2% 7.7% 158,472
March 2014 6.6% 7.9% 162,277
February 2014 6.7% 7.8% 160,562
January 2014 6.6% 7.7% 158,545